Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with George Waters

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Titles Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with George Waters
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: George Waters was born in South Dakota. He was educated in Minnesota. He graduated from college in Massachusetts. He headed several companies that designed and manufactured medical devices from the late 1940s until the early 1970s. He remained a board chairman until the early 1990s. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Family background; service in World War II; education; his father’s manufacturing background. Waters-Conley company: phonographs, development of home pasteurizer for farmers. Waters Instruments: oximeters, densitometers, cardiotachometer, and kymographic camera, and merging with Flowtronics. Sales at trade shows; engineering and entrepreneurs prompted by medical institutions and physicians; consolidation in the medical device industry; impact of Device Control Act and FDA regulation; membrane oxygenator and pulsatile preservation for kidneys; experiences working with the Mayo Clinic; dye curve catheter versus thermal dilution curve catheter; change in Mayo Clinic's attitude toward commercialization; thoughts on development of medical device industry in Minnesota: role of Mayo Clinic, labor pool, support services, and capital; experiences running a manufacturing concern.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
30 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:25:05 running time
Creation Interviewee: Waters, George Franklin
Interviewer: Rhees, David J. Ph.D.
Made in: Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 08/12/1999
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 87 (Library Call Number)
AV2001.104.16 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota Oral History Project'


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